Never disregard the impact your father has had on you, and never underestimate the impact you will have on your sons. Fathers are powerful. They shape the next generation of men with joy and protection, or pain and absence. Use your legacy wisely.
Were you born to resist, or be abused?
I swear I’ll never give in, I refuse.
— John Piper
All things come and go, they don’t mean a thing
It’s not about what you have now
It’s about what you have in store
These bones are only temporary
The destination lies ahead
And we are not alone
We all have a monster deep down inside. The darker we become, the more that monster begins to come out. And then before we ever saw it coming, we are what we never wanted to be.
— 2 Chronicles 16:9a
— John Piper
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. - James 1:2-4
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:7-11
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 4:6-7
Every single thing happens for a reason! Whether it is sickness, death, loss of a job or friend, or any other kind of suffering, We need to remember these Scripture verses!